Will we be denied the right to teach our children the greatest commandment?
If you were going to teach your children one commandment from all of scripture, what would you teach them? In Matthew 22:36-38, a Pharisee once asked Jesus the question, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” Jesus responds with these words, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all you mind. This is the great and first commandment.” Read More
Wellsprings Church is a family integrated church that is now starting its fourth year and every year we have been in existence we have seen a steady growth of families committing to our fellowship. Of those that have come, especially in the past couple of years, nearly all have come from other churches. Because of this, it would be easy for us to become the target of the negative criticism that our church has grown simply by attracting people from other churches. Read More
This is a question we receive periodically from folks considering attendance at Wellsprings Church or from other organizations/ministers/pastors within the community. To which, we respond “there is no pastor” – yes, imagine the puzzled looks we have received. “No pastor? But who leads the church? Who teaches?” To that, we simply reply “the elders”. In our pursuit to measure all that we do against God’s Word, we have found ourselves in a leadership model that is quite unique and contrary to mainstream churches.
Our teaching theme for 2011 is: “A PEOPLE PREPARED.” The biblical concept behind this theme is found in Luke 1:17.
“And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
While Luke obviously makes reference to the ministry of John the Baptist here, the Elders have chosen this passage to reflect the vision for Wellsprings Church for the coming year of 2011, on several different levels. Over the last several years, we have been repeatedly made aware of our country’s efforts to be prepared in case of another terrorist attack thanks to postings and alerts from Homeland Security. Many people take natural precautions and prepare themselves for emergencies (via first aid kits, membership in AAA, stocking the pantry with extra food or water, gun ownership, self-defense courses, etc). But for Christians, while these things may be prudent, they are secondary to spiritual preparation. Are you prepared? Here are 4 questions that I would propose for your consideration:
“Sanctification, by which our hearts and lives are conformed to the law, is a grace of God communicated to us…” Walter Marshall, a great puritan preacher of the 1600’s, said these words in a book called The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification where he outlines the essential Biblical teaching regarding how we grow spiritually. Since my wife and I home educate our children and attend a family integrated church there is the possibility that we could rely on these wonderful things to carry us through the Christian walk; but as Walter Marshall said it is the grace of God that sanctifies us, not an external action, even if that external action is a good thing. Read More
Wellsprings Church invites you to join us for a premiere screening of The Child on Saturday, November 20th in Caldwell.
WHAT: The Child is a movie produced by ParentalRights.org that will open your eyes to the current condition of parental rights in America. View the trailer.
WHEN: Saturday November 2010. 5pm FREE Pizza. 6pm Movie.
WHERE: Thomas Jefferson Charter School, 1209 Adam Smith Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605
WHY: Wellsprings is a family integrated church dedicated to building the kingdom through strong families. We feel that the issue of parental rights plays an important role in this vision.
HOW: RSVP to us by 11/19/2010.
Proverbs 29:18 tells us “Where there is no vision, the people perish…”
We know this to be true in the business world. Companies spend enormous sums of
money every year to craft their mission and vision statements. They align
their goals and investments with these statements and tailor each employee’s
development plan around attaining the prescribed vision. Read More